The Zoo & the Community
The Community Partnership Office acts as a liaison between Zoo New England and the surrounding community. Community partnership and outreach are vital to the success of spreading our mission. Through our community programs, we engage members of the community -- particularly children, youth and adults from underserved communities -- in forming life-long connections with nature.
Community Partnerships and Collaborations
Zoo New England collaborates with local organizations to share knowledge and resources that positively impact our community. The Zoo provides a number of resources to community partners, which may include access to meeting spaces, free admission, donation passes and youth program opportunities.
Community Pass Program
Our Community Pass Program (CPP), available to local non-profit organizations who meet certain criteria, extends a free group reservation for up to 20 individuals.
To qualify for the CPP, your organization must be a non-profit organization that supports both our mission and community advancement. Admission to CPP is granted based primarily on economic need and location. Admission is not guaranteed and is granted on a first come, first served basis throughout the year. A maximum of 20 free admissions are available per group, and each organization may only submit one request every 12 months. Additionally, the organization is required to submit its tax-exempt documentation upon submission of the application for verification purposes.Online Application
Special thanks to the Cummings Foundation for their generous support of the Zoos' community partnerships.
Donations of Passes for Charitable Causes
We’re happy to consider donating to your fundraising efforts. Eligible organizations must be non-profit and may only receive one donation every 12 months. Zoo New England does not accept requests from individuals. We receive many donation requests throughout the year, and we regret that it’s not possible to fulfill every request. To be considered, please submit your request at least one month in advance.
Library Pass Program
Please allow two to three weeks for processing.
Contact us to order or for more information.
Organization Pass Memberships
Organization Pass memberships are designed to offer schools, camps, daycares and community-oriented non-profit organizations the opportunity to enjoy frequent zoo visits at substantial savings! Learn more.